COVID-19: Business Closure Guidance

by | Jan 16, 2021

The closing certain businesses guidance has now been updated and includes more guidance on essential medical and health needs.

The most relevant sections of the ‘Closing certain businesses and venues in England‘ Guidance are as follows:


Personal care facilities and close contact services must close. This includes:

·        hair, beauty and nail salons

·        tattoo parlours

·        spas, saunas, steam rooms

·        massage centres

·        body and skin piercing services

·        tanning salons


These venues may continue to sell retail goods (such as shampoo or beauty products) online or via click-and-collect.


Those who provide personal care services from a mobile setting including their own home, in other people’s homes and in retail environments (such as a concession in a larger, separate business) must also stop operating.


Personal care services provided for essential medical and health needs, which cannot be deferred, may continue. For example, treatments for a diagnosed health condition or injury that is currently causing severe pain or mobility issues, or severely impacting quality of life, or for cosmetic treatments associated with cancer treatment. This does not extend to services provided for general stress relief, relaxation or preventative healthcare purposes. The guidance on safer working in the Close Contact Services should be followed.


Those providing their services in a professional capacity as part of those sectors that remain open can continue to operate, for example:

  • make-up artists in film and TV production,
  • and on fashion shoots

However, these services cannot be carried out in premises required to close.

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